City Pursues New Plans for Downtown

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
City staff members are preparing a new document that will guide development and land use in downtown Burbank. Planners said this week that they hope to encourage additional housing while protecting existing neighborhoods.

Burbank could have a new guiding document for its downtown area by December 2021, with city planners aiming to add housing and promote transit.
The downtown Burbank Specific Plan will guide land use in the roughly one-mile area, according to city staff members, who added that its principles will aim to “create a pedestrian-friendly environment,” introduce housing units and protect existing residential neighborhoods.
The project area is bounded by Lake Street, Victory Boulevard and Mariposa Street to the west, San Fernando Boulevard and Amherst Drive to the north, Glenoaks Boulevard and Fifth Street to the east and the city boundary with Glendale to the south.
A report on the plan, which was presented to the City Council on Tuesday, is an early step in a roughly yearlong process. A virtual community workshop on the plan is scheduled for November 2020, while plan adoption and implementation are projected for December 2021.

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